You Don’t Introduce New Products in August

How nice of Andy Card to call Karl Rove on his bullshit claim that the Democrats pushed the Iraq war before the 2002 elections.

Karl Rove asserted on the Charlie Rose show recently that it wasCongress that pushed the Bush administration into war with Iraq. “The administration was opposed” to voting for a war resolution in the fall of 2002, Rove claimed. “It seemed it make things move too fast,” he argued.

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Thismorning, former White House chief of staff at the time, Andrew Card,appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and completely discredited Rove’sargument:

SCARBOROUGH: We have to start with something that we all are talking about a couple of days ago where Karl Rove went on Charlie Rose and he blamed the Democrats for pushing him and the president into war. Is that how it worked?

CARD: No, that’s not the way it worked.

It’s a good thing Card is willing to do so–because lord knows Joe Klein wouldn’t call Karl on his blatant lies.

But I doubt that Andy Card did so out of generosity or a dedication to the truth. No, I think Card just wanted credit where credit is due. You see, Card has spent much of his career in the auto industry. It’s hard to have a successful product launch if you’re working with the Big Three. So I rather suspect that Andy Card’s roll-out of Iraq warmongering in September 2002–with the help of WHIG and Judy Miller, of course–ranks near the top of Card’s lifetime successes with such things.

Far be it for Karl Rove to deprive Andy Card of his due for that particular market launch.

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